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The current system for teacher certification, regulation and discipline came into force on January 9, 2012 with the implementation of the Teachers Act. The Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB), part of the Ministry of Education, was created as part of the implementation. The regulatory structure works to ensure that educators in the K-12 school systems in British Columbia meet and maintain the standards of competence and conduct required to build and foster public trust and confidence.

As the operational arm of the regulatory structure, the TRB provides administrative support to the Director of Certification, the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, the BC Teachers' Council, the Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board, and the Independent School Teaching Certificate Standards Committee. Read an overview of the regulatory structure.

There are currently over 74,000 certified educators in BC. Certificate holders include classroom teachers, vice-principals, principals, directors and superintendents in the public and independent school systems in BC.